TOYOTA TIDBITS -- July 13 - 19, 2009 Here Are the Headlines: Break in the Action Logano Earns 30th Series Victory for Camry Success in St. Louis Tundras Take Last Two at Kentucky Home of the Camry FRONT ROW AT CHICAGO: Camry drivers Denny...
TOYOTA TIDBITS -- July 13 - 19, 2009
Here Are the Headlines:
Break in the Action
Logano Earns 30th Series Victory for Camry
Success in St. Louis
Tundras Take Last Two at Kentucky
Home of the Camry
FRONT ROW AT CHICAGO: Camry drivers Denny Hamlin (fifth) and Brian Vickers (seventh) earned two top-10 finishes for Toyota in Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Chicagoland Speedway. Chicagoland marked the first time two Camry drivers from the same team qualified on the front row for a NSCS race with Red Bull Racing Team's Vickers (first) and Scott Speed (second) leading the field to the green flag. NSCS Camry drivers are set to take a weekend off from racing and the teams will return to action at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, July 26.
THIRTY FOR TOYOTA: Nineteen-year-old Joey Logano earned his third NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) win of the season -- and the 30th NNS victory for Toyota -- Friday night at Chicagoland Speedway. Kyle Busch (second), Vickers (third) and Jason Leffler (fourth) crossed the finish line right behind Logano to give Toyota the top-four spots in the finishing order for the first time. Busch's second-place result extended his lead in the NNS standings to 192 points over second-place Carl Edwards.
ST. LOUIS SUCCESS: This weekend, Camry drivers will return to Gateway International Raceway for the third time since Toyota joined the NNS series in 2007. Last July, Logano led 42 laps in the JGR No. 20 entry and finished runner-up in his first start at the 1.25- mile oval. Braun Racing's Leffler earned back-to-back fourth-place finishes at Gateway in 2007 and 2008 behind the wheel of a Camry.
TALLYING TOP-10S: Camry driver Leffler has recorded 14 top-10 finishes in 18 starts this season, including 12 top-10 results in the last 13 races. Leffler is fourth in the championship standings (404 points behind leader Busch). The Long Beach, Calif.-native has recorded runner-up finishes this season at Phoenix (April 17) and most recently at Darlington (May 8).
TUNDRAS TOPS IN SPARTA: Tundra drivers have won the two most recent NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) races at Kentucky Speedway. Johnny Benson used a strong summer stretch, including last year's Kentucky triumph en route to the 2008 series driver's championship. In 2007, Mike Skinner took the checkered flag followed by three more Tundra drivers to give Toyota four top-five results at the 1.5-mile paved oval. Tundra drivers Skinner (2008), Ryan Mathews (2007) and Bill Lester (2005) captured the pole in three of the past five races at Kentucky.
HOME RUN FOR WYLER: Tundra driver Stacy Compton and his Wyler Racing team will visit the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati to watch the hometown Reds play host to the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday, July 16. Team owner Jeff Wyler is also a minority owner of the Reds, where as a college student he sold tickets to help pay for his education. He's founder and CEO of the Jeff Wyler Automotive Family with dealerships in Ohio and Kentucky, including two Toyota dealerships.
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